Hazuki Natsuno

Hazuki Natsuno is a photographer i first met at my Nikon Exhibition in April this year. I remembered her cause she asked many good questions about my exhibit.

Last week at a Nikon portfolio review we met again. She told me her work was being exhibited at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. I went to see it and i have to say i've seen a lot of photo exhibits this month and i was very impressed. Very personal and powerful series about her bout with bi-polar titled, "Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt." A few images from the series are in her portfolio, but the whole series leaves a much stronger impression.


New Print Photo Essay

The Number 1 Shimbun monthly magazine, printed small photo essay about the Kachin today. 2 page 6 photos and 100 words. You can see it on the Foreign Correspondent's Club of Japan's homepage. Or download the PDF


Nikon International Photography Contest

This special contest only happens every 2 years and the closing date in in 2 weeks (Nov. 30th)
Entry is free and entries are online only this year.

The two categories are "Energy" and the other is a open. Max. 4 photos total.

Hiromi Tsuchida will be the chief judge of the contest.
Details and application form for the Nikon International Photography Contest


Gaijin Photographers Group

Last night i went to Zen Photo Gallery's Gaijin Photographers Group

Gaijin means "outsider" or "foreigner" but the group had plenty of Japanese photographers.
Unfortunately i came late as i was shooting the Kachin Thanksgiving festival. The work that i saw was amazing and the group gave great questions and advice. There where around 15-20 photographers that came. I shared my photos of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival and Tokyo Refugees the notes from the event you can see the others who presented and some of the discussions.


one updated and one new gallery

I've updated the Phuket Vegetarian Festival gallery with a mix of 2 years photos and i've added a gallery, just a teaser really of the Kachin Refugees, project which i'm working on this month in Tokyo. I will be making many changes and updates to my site in the coming months.


New Exhibition at The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan

November Exhibitions at The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.
featuring two photography shows on Burma
(Main Bar and Sushi Bar)

Saturday, November 6 to Friday, December 4, 2010

Opening party Nov. 8th from 7pm all welcome to attend

The Kachin by Ryan Libre (Main Bar)

In Burma everybody is oppressed, the Kachin being ethnic and religious minorities have it even
harder. The Kachin are abused by the Burmese military Junta and China who both take all the
resources they can and give nothing back. Neglected by the UN who came to Burma and didn't mention
the ethnic group's issues. Neglected by the media who continue to narrowly report on Aung San Suu
Kyi and the NLD. Yet despite the harsh realities of daily life and the grim prospects for the future
the Kachin are actively building up a civil society and full of faith that even when there seems to
be no way, somehow good will prevail over evil.

Ryan spends a lot of time getting to know his subjects and very little time post- processing. Ryan
has held solo exhibitions at the Fuji Film Salon, The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand, and
Nikon Salons in Tokyo and Osaka. Winner of the 2010 Nikon Inspiration Award for an exhibition about
Kachin and recipient of a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grant for his first trip inside Free
Kachin. Ryan has spent 3 years covering the Kachin and crosses illegally a few times a year into
Free Kachin from China. In addition, Ryan spends time with Kachin refugees and migrant workers in
Thailand and Japan.

The Prison Called Burma / Portraits of People who Long for Democracy by Katsuo Takahashi (Sushi Bar)

Phyu Phyu Thin volunteers her time giving HIV patients free medicines. She is not a doctor, but a
member of National League for Democracy (NLD). She has been involved in the struggle for democracy
since she was 18 years and served two prison terms for organizing demonstrations. Along with friends
and family, she is kept under close surveillance and frequently harassed by military intelligence.
Asked if she is scared, Phyu Phyu Thin answeres, "I'm not afraid of being jailed again because even
outside of prison, I'm in the prison called Burma."

There are many people like Phyu Phyu Thin. Not only members of NLD and other opposition parties, but
also activists, academics, journalists, lawyers, doctors, comedians, poets and monks. With the
upcoming Burma elections, it is especially important to listen their stories and see their faces and
share them with the world.

Katsuo Takahashi is a Japanese photographer currently based in Tokyo. He takes photos of people who
are the voice of the voiceless, that are on the edge and baring their soul. His recent work is
focused on Burmese migrants.

The Exhibition Committee